Just A Girl

by No Doubt

Duration:
3:28
Released:
Sep 21, 1995
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Lyrics for Just A Girl by No Doubt:

Verse 1
Take this pink ribbon off my eyes
I'm exposed, and it's no big surprise
Don't you think I know exactly where I stand?
This world is forcing me to hold your hand

Chorus
'Cause I'm just a girl, oh, little old me
Well, don't let me out of your sight
Oh, I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite
So don't let me have any rights

Post-Chorus
Oh, I've had it up to here

Verse 2
The moment that I step outside
So many reasons for me to run and hide
I can't do the little things I hold so dear
'Cause it's all those little things that I fear

Chorus
'Cause I'm just a girl, I'd rather not be
'Cause they won't let me drive late at night
Oh, I'm just a girl, guess I'm some kind of freak
'Cause they all sit and stare with their eyes
Oh, I'm just a girl, take a good look at me
Just your typical prototype

Post-Chorus
Oh, I've had it up to here
Oh, am I making myself clear?

Bridge
I'm just a girl
I'm just a girl in the world
That's all that you'll let me be

Chorus
Oh, I'm just a girl, living in captivity
Your rule of thumb makes me worrisome
Oh, I'm just a girl, what's my destiny?
What I've succumbed to is making me numb
Oh, I'm just a girl, my apologies
What I've become is so burdensome
Oh, I'm just a girl, lucky me
Twiddle-dum, there's no comparison

Outro
Oh, I've had it up to
Oh, I've had it up to
Oh, I've had it up to here

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Song Facts

Stefani’s famous critique of male-dominated society, written from the perspective of the “little girl” who “needs” protection. As it turns out, Stefani, like others, are quite capable of taking care of themselves.

Gwen wrote the song based on criticism from her father over a late-night drive to a bandmate’s house:

I wrote that because my dad got mad at me for going to Tony’s house and driving home late at night. I mean, c'mon, I’m, like, going on 30 here! I wouldn’t trade [being female], but I really don’t think guys understand what a burden it can be sometimes.

The song has gone on to be one of No Doubt’s biggest and most recognizable hits, and Observer called it the “one of the most prominent feminist anthems of the ’90s” twenty years on from Tragic Kingdom’s release. Adding to its longevity and legacy, the song appeared in the 90s female-centered cult movies Clueless and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, as well as the 2019 movie Captain Marvel (which was also set in the 90s).

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